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President’s Message

Dear TAO members,

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as the President for the 2022-2023 term. I would like to start by welcoming the newly elected officers, Dr. Melanie Abongwa (Vice-President) and Nat Ato Yawson (Graduate Student Representative). I wish great success to the newly elected officers and those continuing to serve on the Board, Dr. Kofi Opong-Mensah (Past-President), Dr. Bob Sonawane and Dr. Tamara House-kinight (Councilors), I would also like to thank departing TAO Board members, Dr. Aina Adeogun (Past-president), and Dr. Olawande Olagoke (Graduate Student Representative). Thank you very much for your hard work and dedication. Many, many thanks to Dr. Njwen Anyangwe and Mr. Chinedu Ahuchaogu for serving as TAO newsletter editors. A special thanks goes to Dr. Chris Stewart and other past presidents for continuing to provide guidance to the TAO Board.

It was great to see many of you in person at the TAO reception at annual SOT meeting in San Diego. I was amazed to see the energy and engagement level of TAO members with the next generation of Toxicologists of African origin at the mentoring event. I would like to thank Dr. Abdel Kadry for organizing a very successful mentoring event and continuing to lead the TAO Mentoring initiative.

As we look ahead to the coming year, TAO will strive to organize activities that are of interest and relevant to the membership. Please look out for announcements regarding our newsletters, webinars, and TAO-hosted events. I would like to encourage each one of you to stay engaged and participate in these activities, encourage others to join TAO, and consider running for TAO officer positions. Please reach out to me or any Board member if you have any ideas or suggestions that you would like to share with us.

I look forward to working with you all and to a great year ahead!

Warm regards,

Nardos Tassew, PhD

Best Wishes.

TAO President, 2022–2023